Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government seems to be convinced that renaming of landmarks is a major task before it that takes precedence over matters of actual governance. On the heels of the recent rechristening of the iconic Mughalsarai railway station in the state after RSS thinker Deendayal Upadhyaya, the UP government has sought the Centre’s nod for renaming the airports in Bareilly, Kanpur and Agra as well.
According to a proposal from the state civil aviation department, the Bareilly airport is to be named ‘Nath Nagri’, which is believed to be an ancient name of the city, which is known for its ardent worshippers of Lord Shiva. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who belongs to the Nath sect, had earlier renamed the civil terminals of IAF’s Gorakhpur airport after Maha Yogi Gorakhnath, founder of ‘Nath Pant’ (monastic movement). The chief minister is the ‘Mahant’ (priest) of Gorakhnath temple.
Uttar Pradesh civil aviation minister Nand Gopal Nandi said renaming of the three airports was long awaited. “We have reached out to the Centre to get the airports renamed. A meeting with the Union ministry of civil aviation is expected soon,” he said.The proposal speaks about Bareilly in great detail. It says the city is surrounded on all sides by as many as seven Lord Shiva temples. Kanpur’s Chakeri airport is proposed to be named after freedom fighter Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. The proposal says Kanpur was earlier known as Kanha Pur and was founded by Sachendi King Hindu Singh. The Agra airport is proposed to be named after RSS thinker Deendayal Upadhyaya. Since all the three are defence airports, the state government and the Airports Authority of India are in the process of consultations at various levels. – Input PTI